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How To Find Lasting Happiness (In Accordance With The Tao)

Derek Lin, author of 'The Tao of Happiness,' explains the difference between the constant search for fleeting, elusive happiness and those who radiate joy regardless of their fame or fortune.

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"So relatively few people are the blessed ones who seem to always have that sense of mission there is a light in their eyes, you know when they speak when they do anything they carry that light with them wherever they go."

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What is the essence of happiness? because I know when you write the way to happiness which is basically what the book is when you say the Tao of Happiness, what is it , why is this such a big deal right now that everybody wants to be happy and yet we might be missing something because happiness is so fleeting or its so for such a short period of time or ephemeral and you can't even grab on to it what do you say about that? - It seems so elusive and you know in Buddhism its seen as elusively transient something that doesn't last, something that comes and goes like a candle flame that burns for a while then goes away, that describes the superficial kind of happiness like a thrill which you experience when you acquire something, you know when you get in line in front of a certain store, waiting for the new phone to be released, or when you get it you are happy for a while. - Right. - When Zhuang Zhou this ancient fate from 24 hundred years ago well he spoke of happiness he had something specific in mind that was quite different, he was talking about the kind of happiness that lasts, that kind that you know sometimes you observe different people we have few people around that always radiate a sense of joy, they always have it  you know its not conditional upon what they get, what kind of fame or fortune they happen to possess at the moment so that permanent kind of happiness is in accordance with the Zhou . - So have you found a lot of people who have this just naturally or do you feel like we are loosing some of the people? Was it something more from a long time ago or do you feel like because everybody is so rushed and crazy now that we are kind of loosing that essence of someone who finds joy even in the smaller things. - Well Marilu, I find that the majority of the people that I encounter belong to the fleeting elusive category, they are constantly searching, they look every where they don't necessarily find what they are looking for and at the end of a long search they may come up empty and they may feel empty inside. So relatively few people are the blessed ones who seem to always have that sense of mission there is a light in their eyes, you know when they speak when they do anything they carry that light with them wherever they go.